“Kingsman,” “X-Men: First Class” and “Kick Ass” filmmaker Matthew Vaughn has certainly had success with comic book adaptations in the past. That is why, when his name has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the DC Films at Warner Bros. Pictures, it seems a logical fit.
Vaughn has previously confirmed he has discussed working on the direct sequel to “Man of Steel” and several other possible projects, and in a new interview with IGN he says he’s a fan of DC titles and what his aim would be if he were to sign up to one – namely to course correct in the way he did with “X-Men”:
“I do love the world of DC, and I’ve been talking to them at the moment about a few things. It’s more fun getting involved with franchises when they’re on the down, because then it’s easier to make a good film. So if I got involved with a few of the superhero films out there that have been disappointing, it’s going to be… if I do OK, it’ll probably be better.
So when I did X-Men there was, you know, a pretty low bar – X-Men 3, no offense, was not a fantastic piece of work. It’s much more fun saving and reinventing something – I’d be more intimidated trying to do a new Guardians [of the Galaxy], for example.
If I was going to do Batman, there’s no point doing the Dark Knight, because it’s been done to perfection – if I was doing Batman, I’d go ‘Christ, let’s bring out the Adam West version’. I’m not interested in copying somebody else’s take on the genre. I’ve got to figure out what I’m doing next and I feel like flexing a muscle which I haven’t used before. And I’ve filmed quite a few superhero movies.”
That would seem to imply Vaughn wants to take a break from the comic book movie genre. According to his frequent collaborator Mark Millar however, Superman is a property the director would jump on if he got the chance and he helped Vaughn come up with a story for a potential trilogy almost a decade ago. He tells El Fanboy Podcast (via JoBlo) however that his recent Netflix deal prevents him from helping Vaughn out:
“[Matthew Vaughn] and I are massive Superman fans…He actually phoned me up a few months ago, and he said, ‘Hey, listen, DC, they’re very interested in me doing Man of Steel 2. Do you want to come in and do this?’ And I was like, ‘I’m exclusive to Netflix for years. We can’t even have that conversation.’ And he was like, ‘Oh, man. What’s the chances of this?’
And then he kind of drifted away. And he’s attached himself to a couple of things and all that. Y’know so, it’s one of those things that might, I mean – if somebody phones Matthew up and offers him enough money it could all change tomorrow. There’s no point doing Superman unless you feel good. You should walk out of ‘Superman’ just feeling like a million dollars. You should feel great after a Superman film. The movie itself was going to be a big, vast fun epic. But ‘Superman’s got to be a laugh, as well.”
The DC films universe stands at a bit of a crossroads right now with “Justice League” looking to close out its theatrical run with a disappointing $675 million – meaning the $300 million budgeted film is going to be a money loser for the studio – albeit only by a little. “Aquaman” has wrapped filming, “Shazam” is reportedly set to begin shooting at Pinewood’s Toronto studios in early 2018, and “Wonder Woman 2” shoots next year.
One project previously in development, though its fate is uncertain now, is “Justice League Dark”. Some rejected concept art for the film, pitched by designer Joseph Khan, turned up on Twitter the other day – click here to see the gallery which boasts Dan Stevens as John Constantine, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Jason Blood, and Natalie Dormer as Zatanna.